Music Hobbies of American People 美国人的音乐爱好

2019-11-07 02:23:12 时代英语·高一 2019年6期

James Fenimore Cooper, an early American writer, once said, “The Americans are almost ignorant of the art of music.” If that was once true, you would never know it today. Most Americans—even those without a musical bone in their bodies—have a favorite style of music. Many people enjoy classical and folk music from around the world. But other popular music styles in America were “made in the USA”.


Country and western music lies close to the heart of many Americans. This style originated among country folks in the southern and western United States. Country music tells down-to-earth stories about love and lifes hardships. Guitars, banjos and violins (also known as fiddles) give country music its characteristic sound. The home of country music is Nashville, Tennessee—Music City USA. Country music even has its own theme park called “Opryland” where you can enjoy music shows and fun rides. “The Grand Ole Opry”, the oldest radio show in the United States, broadcasts country music live from Opryland every weekend.


Jazz music, developed by African-Americans in the late 1800s, allows performers to freely express their emotions and musical skill. Instead of just playing the melody, jazz musicians improvise different tunes using the same chords. The peak of jazz music came in the 1920s, known as “The Jazz Era.” This period produced musicians like Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. These musicians later created the “big band” sounds of the 1930s. Different styles of jazz developed in different cities, such as New Orleans, Chicago, New York and Kansas City. Composer George Gershwin brought jazz into the world of classical music with pieces like “Rhapsody in Blue”.